Multiplying the Division of Labour: Functional Differentiation of the Next Key Variables in Management Research
Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Vol. 34, No. 2, Forthcoming DOI: 10.1002/sres.2452
15 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2017
Date Written: March 25, 2017
In this article, we draw on theories of social differentiation to show that functional differentiation is not about the division of work and organization, but rather about a multiplication of horizons for decision-making. We argue that a systematic management of functional differentiation makes organizations smarter and more flexible. We corroborate this claim by demonstrations of how a functional approach to functional differentiation facilitates the design of new or the further development of well-established management tools and research agendas in fields such as entrepreneurship, strategy, and human resource management.
Keywords: Functional Differentiation, Social Theory, Management Theory, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management
JEL Classification: M10, M14, L26
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